About

Welcome to Transformative Psychology (TP)

Transformative Psychology (TP) is a people-focused practice committed to researching, designing and delivering psychology, counselling, coaching, supervision and learning services and programs that are focused on supporting people to change, develop and transform their lives.


Our Vision

Transformative Psychology’s vision is to excel in inspiring and supporting people to awaken and to transform their lives, instilling them with a sense of value and purpose, and contributing towards creating a more peaceful world. This will be achieved through:

  • A commitment to ongoing research and learning in the human arts and sciences, including the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness and positive psychology traditions
  • Designing and delivering a range of psychology, counselling, coaching, supervision and learning services and programs to individuals and groups based on psychological and learning principles and practices from Western and Eastern psychology, and research from the scientific and wisdom traditions, including the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).


Our Values

Everything we do and provide at Transformative Psychology (TP) is guided by the following values:

 

  • Service: recognising a key purpose of life is service to others
  • Integrity: acting with integrity in the process of serving people
  • Respect: acknowledging each person’s uniqueness and values and acting respectfully towards people and all life forms
  • Learning: supporting people to discover and become aware of who they are, others, the world
  • Mindfulness: supporting people to live each moment with awareness, openness and acceptance
  • Wisdom: drawing on knowledge from the scientific and wisdom traditions, and from people’s lived experience


Our People

Charles Thermos – Director & Principal Psychologist

Charles Thermos is the founder, director and principal psychologist of Transformative Psychology (TP). He was registered as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia in 1996. He is also a counsellor, couple and family therapist, coach, supervisor, teacher, group facilitator and organisational consultant.

He is committed to inspiring and helping people to awaken, develop and transform their lives.

He tailors his approach to the unique needs, aspirations, goals and temperament of each person, recognising each person’s individuality and helping them create meaningful lives, which are guided by their values and preferences. He creates a safe, respectful and supportive environment for this process. He values and respects people’s humanity and the variety of ways in which they experience their lives.

Charles has worked in a variety of people and professional practice settings, including private psychiatric hospitals; a major public health service; a university; community-based organisations; management positions; and, schools. He was employed in a major public health service for over 10 years in senior organisational development consultant and learning and development consultant roles. Presently he continues to work in private practice and in a private psychiatric hospital.

Charles brings many years of experience to supporting individuals, couples and families to lead lives aligned with their values, as well as to helping leaders and staff to develop their people capabilities and to work towards achieving their objectives and priorities. He has been involved in a range of organisational change initiatives. His experience includes facilitating and managing critical incidents, facilitating peer support programs and providing Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).

He enjoys designing and facilitating group learning programs in hospital, organisational and community settings. These programs support people to develop capacities and strategies that enable them to  engage with their lives more meaningfully and productively, or to perform their professional roles more skilfully and confidently.

He provides supervision to registered psychologists and other health professionals, and coaching to executives, leaders, other professionals and individuals.

Prior to becoming a psychologist and organisational consultant he worked as a secondary teacher.

Charles has a strong interest and extensive experience and training in mindfulness-based interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), including practitioner training in ACT and teacher training in MBSR and MBCT, as well as with interventions from Positive Psychology.

Charles continues to participate in professional supervision, peer consultation and relevant conferences as part of his commitment to continuing professional development and ethical psychological practice.

Charles’ commitment to his own transformation practice is an integral part of his life through daily meditation, contemplative practices, reflection, reading, journaling, lifelong learning, and being in nature. He has participated in his own process of psychotherapy.

He is interested in universal truths and insights from the wisdom, faith, contemplative and scientific traditions, reading widely across these domains. He is committed to experiencing the sacred in everyday life and interested in practices that contribute positively to health and wellness, and assist in the gradual alleviation of human suffering.

Charles enjoys the delights of life, including socialising and eating with friends and family, travelling to and experiencing interesting places and cultures, cafes, reading, painting, exercising, cinema, theatre, dance performances and studying Spanish.

Professional affiliations
  • Registered as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia /AHPRA
  • Approved Supervisor – Psychology Board of Australia / AHPRA
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Counselling Psychologists
  • Registered (Non-Practising) Teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching
  • Committee Member APS Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Psychology Interest Group
  • Psychology Service Provider, Medicare Australia
Qualifications
  • Master of Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy
  • Graduate Certificate in Divinity
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Accredited Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Step I & II Practitioner